CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. (WJTV) – The Copiah County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly train vs. car accident.
The incident happened just before 7:30 Sunday night at the Hartley Lane Crossing in Crystal Springs.
According to Sheriff Byron Swilley, 38-year-old Lori D. Jackson was driving a Lexus SUV when it was hit by a train. Jackson and the passenger, 35-year-old Kenya Brown Wilson, died from their injuries.
The Copiah County Sheriff’s Office, the Crystal Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Hinds County Emergency Management responded to the scene.
Sheriff Swilley said there are no arms at the crossing, but work was recently done to the lighting in the area.
Canadian National Railway released a statement:
Safety is a core value at CN and the safety of at-grade crossings is a shared responsibility. In Mississippi, the type of safety devices at crossings is managed by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. CN has assisted MDOT with assessments of the crossing in the past however we would defer to MDOT on the crossing’s current standing within their analysis. As to this particular incident, it is under investigation and we would defer to local law enforcement for the cause of this unfortunate accident.CN